Hawaiian Sling vs Pole Spear

Hawaiian Sling vs Pole Spear

Planning on going spearfishing?

Although this is one of the most primitive methods of fishing, there seems to be a ton of gear you should (or may want!) to have when you head out to the water.

Understanding the difference between all the gear can be downright mind-boggling. One of the most commonly used weapons when it comes to spearfishing is the Hawaiian sling, often referred to as a pole spear. When it comes to the Hawaiian sling vs. the pole spear, don’t worry – it’s essentially the same thing. Although you might hear either term used, they are more or less interchangeable concepts. That said, there are a few key differences between the two to be aware of.

Here’s what you need to know.

What is the Difference Between a Hawaiian Sling vs. Pole Spear?

A Hawaiian spear is more or less the same thing as a pole spear. However, a pole spear generally has a sliding grip that moves with the pole, while a Hawaiian spear does not. Hawaiian slings and pole spears both use a band or sling to fire your spear shaft, but they operate in slightly different ways. The Hawaiian sling uses a wooden shooter (other materials are sometimes used, though wood is the most common) and a high-powered rubber strap to fire a spear shaft in a forward trajectory. If you’ve ever used a bow and arrow, the concept is more or less the same. You’ll hold the shaft in place while you prepare to shoot with a connector (spear holder) on the tubing. You can use this to attach to the end of your spear.

A pole spear, however, has a tough band or sling that is remarkably durable and resilient. This band is attached right at the end of the spear and meant for launching. Often, pole spears are referred to as three-prong spears. They are usually made out of fiberglass and have rubber tubes at the end for added durability. You may also be able to find a hybrid pole spear, which is made out of two different kinds of materials (usually aluminum and one other kind of material to provide durability along with flexibility).

Both tools are known for being lightweight, but Hawaiian slings are generally a bit more lightweight. Also made out of fiberglass, they can also be carbon fiber which occasionally adds a bit more weight.

The average Hawaiian sling will be around five to eight feet, although there are some oddballs out there that can be a bit shorter or longer. You can also modify your sling, as you gain more experience with spearfishing, to be a bit longer. Shorter Hawaiian slings have their place, though, as they’re excellent when diving into close, compact areas. A lot of people don’t use Hawaiian slings and prefer to use a speargun when going after large fish, as a hawaiian sling doesn’t have quite enough chutzpah to make a difference. That said, pole spears aren’t the biggest either, so you may have to consider whether either of these tools is ideal for the fish you plan to go after at all.

How Are Hawaiian Slings and Pole Spears the Same?

Both Hawaiian slings and pole spears are popular fishing tools if you plan on freediving near reefs or along the coast. Both are also easy to use and convenient to carry around with you. Neither are very expensive, so they offer a great way to start spearfishing if you’re on a budget. Both Hawaiian slings and pole spears are great for beginners. If you’re new to spearfishing, both of these tools will help you get off to a good start by themselves. You can also use them as a supplementary weapon if you have more experience and just want a bit of backup.

Tips for Using a Hawaiian Sling

Using a Hawaiian sling is easier than you might think.

Fit your spear shaft into the shooter with the tip facing away from you. Put the dull end of the shaft into the holder on the rubber sling. Avoid stretching the sling until you’re ready to shoot. Once you’re ready to shoot, pull back the rubber and shaft with one hand while your other hand holds your grip on the shooter. Hold steady, just as you would draw the string of a bow. Release and the shaft will propel itself forward, hopefully into the fish that you’ve been aiming at. Then, you can pull the string back to retrieve your kill. Be careful not to pull your rubber too far down toward the spearhead. This can cause unnecessary bending in your pole, which can lead to inaccuracies when you’re shooting at fish. You need just enough tension to get a good shot but not so much tension that the spear starts to bend. Remember, you’re going to be using this tool just like you would use a bow and arrow.

Neritic Blue Bantam Pole Spear

Neritic Blue Bantam Pole Spear

Tips for Using a Pole Spear

Pole spears are also quite easy to use.

You will hook a rubber loop or sling onto the butt end of the pole spear, using your thumb while also using the fingers on the same hand to reach up the shaft toward the spear tip. This movement will create tension. Try not to place your hand too high or you’ll bend the spear, which can cause issues with your aim. Grip tightly, holding tension while you aim. Then release to shoot and pull back the spear to retrieve your fish. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that pole spears are equipped with replaceable tips that need to be swapped out from time to time. This is because the constant wear and tear on the spear can really take its toll. Fail to maintain your spear and you won’t be able to shoot quite as accurately.

You can choose from a variety of spear pole tips, including single and three-barb units. With both a pole spear and a Hawaiian spear, you are going to want to avoid holding your pole cocked and ready to fire. Instead, keep the band looped around your hand yet not stretched out entirely. Although there’s nothing technically wrong with doing this, you’ll be wasting energy that you should be saving for the rest of the hunt.

Which One is Best – Hawaiian Sling vs. Pole Spear

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether you choose to use a pole spear or a Hawaiian spear. Both should get the job done nicely for you and both are relatively easy to use.

Deciding which one to use will come down to your personal preferences and skill levels. Neither is necessarily easier to use, but some people have an easier time with the Hawaiian sling while others much prefer the style of the pole spear. Hawaiian slings often have better range and are more enjoyable to shoot – at least, that’s what most of their enthusiasts say! That being said, pole spears are often viewed as more effective when you’re fishing for larger species in deep water. No matter which kind of tool you choose for your first (or hundredth!) spearfishing experience, make sure you practice before you head out into deep water. Ideally, you should spend some time practicing in shallow bodies of water to get used to the techniques involved in the craft. With both of these tools, you’re sure to have a lot of fun. However, it’s also easy to get hurt if you don’t have enough practice and you aren’t careful.

With a little bit of practice, you’ll be spearing fish (and having a blast doing it!) in no time.

This is a guest post by Sean Ward the man behind OnTrackFishing.com 

On Track Fishing helps anglers above and below the water catch more fish!

First Responders Guide for Treating Major Haemorrhage

First Responders Guide for Treating Major Haemorrhage

First Responders Guide for Treating Major Haemorrhage

Hey Isaac I felt compelled to reach out and contact you after recent tragic events. I wrote this little guide on controlling limb haemorrhage originally intended just for my little spearo crew. It’s been shared on a few forums in the last few days. It’s attached below. Feel free to use it and share it however you want. I’m happy to help out in any way to share this message.

To provide some background, I’m a doctor from the Sunshine Coast and a specialist in both emergency medicine and pre-hospital and retrieval medicine. I split my time between the hospital and the local helicopter rescue service. I’m also a passionate spearo and waterman. We’ve lost a couple of local spearos in the last 12 months.. Matt Tratt who died on sat was also part of our local “pressure project freedive group” and my colleagues from the rescue helicopter tried in vane to save him. I didn’t know either of them personally but they were both friends of friends. Its always a reminder of the dangers we face when something happens close to home.

Without any criticism of anyone (who I’m certain did their best and bravely came to Matt’s aid on the weekend), a bite to the limb should be something we’re all prepared to deal with. Someone should hopefully never die of any isolated limb bite. I deal with life threatening emergencies and complicated medical procedures everyday in the field or in hospital. We train for and visualize how we will approach these crisis. I try to bring this same approach to our sport. We need to have thought about and visualize how we are going to solve any crisis well before it happens.

Another example – I once had a trout brick me under a ledge. After an unsuccessful extraction and at the end of my breath hold I headed for the surface only to become entangled with my float line around my belt. I panicked and instead of simply dropping my belt I went to cut my way out. We always buddy very tightly but of course this was that sneaky little dive you do while my buddy boated a fish. Two simple errors which could have cost me. I’ve since thought about my approach to entanglement and I’m prepared. Hope this info helps someone. Rob

This First Responders Guide for Treating Major Haemorrhage might save someone’s life.

It’s also another good reason to always dive with a buddy. We all dive around sharks all the time. Sometimes we get complacent. People with massive bleeding from the limbs are able to survive if we act quickly.

There’s 2 ways to stop a limb bleed

  1. Direct Pressure. Use a small as possible pressure point right into the spot that’s bleeding. In physics pressure = force/ surface area. Ie A large pressure can be delivered if it’s applied over a small area.
  2. Tourniquet. This will stop all blood supply to the limb. It can stay on for hours if required. The key is it must be really tight. If it’s too loose then it will still allow arterial blood supply while blocking venous supply. This would be just like when you get a blood test. It can make you bleed more! Don’t do this.

Options for what to wrap the wound with

  • If in the water on a shore dive, then use a float line.
  • If on a boat dive, then use a bandage if one is handy.

You can buy arterial tourniquets really cheap. To get a tight tourniquet one needs a windlass. Some sort of stick that you wind up really tight (hopefully you’ll see the bleeding stop- if not go tighter). The tricky thing is finding what to use as a windlass. You could try a dive knife but there’s obvious issues with that. I’ve got a fish stringer on my float that would work. Once the windlass is wound up you need to stop it unwinding. Try tucking it under some other rope.

Hey Isaac. I did a bit of messing around today with tourniquets and took some dodgy photos with my phone. I’m no Boy Scout so I’ve improvised knots which is exactly what people are going to do if they’re making a tourniquet out of their float line.

Commercial tourniquet

Commercial tourniquet (like this one)

Rope (eg float line) MacGyver Tourniquet

Rope or float line Tourniquet

How to macgyver a tourniquet 101...

How to macgyver a tourniquet 101…using a bandage


Where do I apply the tourniquet? Some teaching suggests as far down the limb as possible so less tissue lacks blood supply. In saying that It can be harder to compress the vessels below the knee or the elbow because there’s 2 bones instead of one. It probably doesn’t matter. Just get it on there. If there’s a bleed really high up the leg and you can’t get a tourniquet high enough then add direct pressure to the wound plus try and compress the big femoral vessels in the groin. Feel where your own pulse is for a guide. Once again remember a smaller object pushed onto a vessel will apply more pressure. Something like a small ball shape pushed onto the vessel. Find something to wrap round the leg or pelvis to hold it really tight or hold it in place with all your weight.

Happy to clarify any further questions!

– Rob Giles

Taking the Kids Spearfishing

Taking the Kids Spearfishing

Taking the kids spearfishing

This post is an email that Don sent me with regards to taking his two boys (Max 10 and Ben 12) spearfishing. There is a heap of practical and actionable advice in here for anyone wanting to take their kids spearfishing. Don goes on to share a great poo story at the end (my fav). Enjoy!!


I hadn’t been in the water for 20yrs since instructing to which I was a master scuba diver trainer with PADI, a Nurse at work asked me if I wanted an old OMER caymen 75 she’d found in her garage. I’d been wanting to get the kids in the water for some time and so dragged out my old gear. When the kids started it was incredibly basic; an old torn 2mm steamer each, old rubber fins from the 70’s and a yellowed silicone mask each out of a moldy gear bag. I also took my old Tecnisub pneumatic gun with us and was surprised the old girl still worked. They were keen as to give it a go although somewhat nervous and we took a trip to Kaikoura. After gearing them up I jumped in and coaxed them in and we swam around in some shallow calm water, two wide eyed leaches stuck to each side of me, it turned out to be really fishy and hands started pointing  everywhere and I had to stop every meter to decipher “Sorkillian” or answer questions or look at something someone was yelling about.


A bit further on the monster was created; I smacked a huge Butterfish right in front of them. They went apeshit, I was forced back to shore to swap guns and hell or high water they were going to have a go. I gave them a quick how to and took them out one at a time holding onto their elbow and they swam over many fish but I just went with it. The older boy Ben managed to corner a big banded wrasse and let fly. He was stoked and still talks about that fish, he shot another before it was wee Max’s turn. With a mask half full of water and his fins coming adrift max shot a tiny blue moki. I didn’t have the heart to take his fish off him so we got a quick photo before I had the chat to them about under size and shooting fish they can’t use. So it wasn’t wasted we jammed it in a crack with juvenile crays. we just dived unarmed for the rest of the weekend and I was able to show them heaps of sea life, the end of every dive they were shivering, blue but still took some getting out of the water.

Koids practicing Ike Jime. Taking the kids spearfishing

Max and Ben practicing Ike Jime. Don “boys decided that they wanted to take care of own fish, caught them killing pumpkin, bloody great idea as about same thickness as fish head 😂😂”

As they seemed keen I got some better gear, good 5mm suits, modern fins and a decent mask each. We did a trip to Dunedin and went for a dive in the harbour no fish shot this time and Max was mesmerized by a small octopus, I never let on to him but a bloody big stingray was mesmerized with Max. I didn’t turn him around for a look in case to put him off. At this stage I was still holding on to them and swimming them around mostly where they could stand up if needed, next day we happened to go to shag point on a simply epic day and both boys totally transformed. They started swimming beside me and in deeper water and shot 4 big butterfish each. Both boys were still surface dwellers at this stage with Max having a life vest over his suit.


A holy shit moment came when I was quietly following Ben when he dived down kicking like mad about 2m and I heard the gun go off, next minute he’s wrestling with a nice blue moki. That fish wasn’t going anywhere he was clinging onto it and I tried to help; it was like trying to get a piece of chicken of a cat. We did a few more trips around the area with Philip Van Zijl and learnt heaps, he’s awesome. We were still very much noobs, Ben was now weighted and reloading himself and both boys were starting to be comfortable with rougher and deeper water.

Taking the kids spearfishing

In December of that year I did the unthinkable and took them up to Auckland and Darren Shields took us out for the day, the kids had never been on a boat before let alone dive off one. This trip locked in the monster, they soaked up everything and they regarded themselves as real spearos. Ben had spent his pocket money on some wettie reef freedive fins and simply took off dropping down 3-4 spearing and securing fish. He would have shot a big kingfish that look an interest in him if I hadn’t headed back to the boat with the gun to unload a fish. Both boys got 3 parore each and got a photo with a big snapper that Darren shot. Next day we headed out to Goat Island reserve for a look and it was a nightmare getting them out with all the snapper around.


I ended up getting a wee Mac360 boat with a 15hp and they keep soaking up the knowledge. They entered the Kaikoura big 5 spearo comp as their own team I was just safety diver. We aren’t really comp folk but I wanted to get them to start working as buddy team, I limited them to a fish each to weigh in and they did really well, it was quite funny these two little guys rock up among all these experienced spearos.  They got called up to get photos with the winners who handed them part of their prize winnings, a new gun and a catch bag. It was a very cool gesture. Ben wanted to get another species that weekend and did a perfect breath up and drop to 7m, I saw him aim at something and came up as cool as a cucumber with the blue moki in the pic I sent through.

Taking the kids spearfishing

Ben and Max spearo kids!




  • Got to be warm, a warm comfortable kid won’t be put off easily, can be 7deg in south
  • 2mm open cell vest plus open cell suit
  • Creases or folds mean water flood in
  • Cold days we dump warm water from a hot water bottle in before getting in
  • wettie do full range of kids suits
  • Correct size gloves to be able to feel / use trigger well


Get them into freedive fins as soon as you can, I though they may be too much to handle but they seem to do well with them, saw a big transformation. Ben immediately started dropping to 15-20ft comfortably

  • Problem is smallest is usually 6-8 uk not sure who does smaller to suit kids or women
  • Allows them to power 25m pool lane underwater, gives them a big achievement.
  • Big safety rule: you don’t go into sea without fins, fins are control. Fins go on before weight belt and must stay on until weight belt is off on any boat


  • Must fit well, leaks will make them uncomfortable and anxious, you want them concentrating on what they are doing rather than what gear is doing.
  • We have drifted away from purge valve snorkels especially on shore dives, it seems to only take 1 or 2 grains of sand to cause a large leak and have a choking kid.
  • No snorkel in mouth during dive


Touchy subject for a spear fishing parent and a serious one to weigh up, kid to kid

  • They must be taught every possible thing about guns, and most of all what they are capable of doing.
  • Like a firearm they must be pointed in a safe direction at all time when not aimed at fish
  • We don’t use a pole at moment, hard to control length in even small surge, keep getting pushed into rock, kelp.
  • No pneumatics, you are tensioning using the spear than pulling band on to licked in one, also too easy to turn in on yourself eg foot or buddy beside you. Length is good.
  • Max uses 3x 10mm bands very easy to load for a kid.
  • Learn to re set spear and line out of water. They fire a shot at a fish then they need to be able to re load, Darren shields recons they won’t miss as much because it’s not easy.
  • Big ??????  On this one, we don’t use safeties.  Max has an angry story about one of the biggest butterfish I’ve seen. Finger on trigger only when shooting. Some say safer in turbid conditions, basically if there kid in a dangerous situation where there could be an accidental discharge you probably shouldn’t be banded up anyway.


  • Point in safe direction
  • Be selective as what you shoot, our limit is two fish each. It also allows for more outings as you run out of fish sooner.
  • Practice aiming at home using straight locked arm using anything long, stick, vacuum cleaner pipe ect
  • Practice taking care of fish, iki them, gutting. Pumpkin perfect tool for iki practice.
  • Kids are smaller so get cold quicker
  • Although smaller size does allow them to get closer to fish it does put in the back of your mind that bitey creatures may have a go at them before the big target. With this in mind I always swim on the open water side of them, so kids are on reef or shore side if possible.
  • One child at a time in the water in case there is a problem.
  • If possible teach them basic blackout and rescue stuff, how to drive boat. CPR is also a great idea and most kids even at ages 7-8 can perform effective CPR. They should never have to do this but you never know, they may be able to guide an untrained adult.
  • Heaps of pool work makes a big difference. Put a $2 coin on the bottom of the dive pool and show them how to equalise, they soon get it.

Hopefully some of this info may be useful.

taking the kids spearfishing

Now what you’ve really been waiting for!!! Poo story.

When I was instructing bubbles, myself and a mate got invited onto a luxury launch. This boat was pristine, the owners basically handed us white soled shoes as we boarded and followed us around making sure nothing was touched, even re-arranging magazines we had read to the original position and layout. We were terrified to go to the toilet on this boat, but after 3 days things were backing up. On the third day I said to hell with this, I need a crap, 3 days worth was satisfying to get rid of. When I came out my mate pushed past me saying look out this is going to be huge. Little did we realize that my effort had blocked the system! He came out very white faced saying “it won’t flush, it won’t flush “panicked we came up with a plan and proceeded to covertly undo the back of the system to clear around the shredding fan that cuts up everything and sends it out the bottom of the boat. This was done with a piece of wire we found. All was going well until all of a sudden the blockage cleared and shit and paper started pouring onto the floor. My crap was fine but when my mates came through I started to dry reach and leant on the wall hitting the switch that activated the still exposed flush /fan. Within a split second there wasn’t a square inch of that pristine bathroom that wasn’t covered in shit, except of course for two human outlines on one wall. It was everywhere and we were covered from head to toe. We both calmly walked through the boat and past the magazine woman in the galley who promptly threw up in the sink. We carried on to the back of the boat and jumped into the sea to wash and let thing cool down a bit. While we were in the water listening to the yelling on board my mate said “gee that woman’s got a soft gut hasn’t she?” We did help clean up and that was the end of our trip.


Author: Spearo DAD Don


Spearo Dads | Community Stories from Spearfishing Families

Spearo Dads | Community Stories from Spearfishing Families

Feature Stories from Fathers and Children Spearfishing

These posts come from the Noob Spearo Community on Facebook. Great stories of children being inducted into the spearfishing lifestyle!



Nick  “So my 13 year old feared the water, but with a little push and a lot of confidence I managed to get him to look into a lobster hole. Proud Dad 🤙”

  • Kid 1 – Liv (below left) She is keen as. She kept shooting high and missing. I told her to use both hands and aim lower than she thinks she needs to to compensate. She shot 4 fish in about 15 mins and we called it for the day. She was stoked.”
  • “Kid 2 – K (below middle) We went spear fishing. He was in a steamer. He got cold. His face is a mix of stoke and shivering.”
  • “Kid 3 – Lee (below right) This guy is the only other person in the family (besides the dog) who likes lobster and he is mad keen to start diving for them. I’ve had to slow him down a bit and say “let’s get really confident with snorkeling first” but all he wants to do is grab lobsters. This pic is of a “lobster diving training trip” and no lobsters were harmed on this trip”

Blair “I haven’t had a chance for any father/kid yarns yet, due to the mini still incubating. Little bugger already has a better breath hold than me. Run this comp again in about 5/6 years?”
Nathan “Here’s my daughter Jess (below) with a Banded Wrasse (pending record) we looked through the NZ records and found a shallow species that she could target with a good chance of getting it. While in Wellington on holiday we got out to Kapiti Island and I got Jess in the water we swam into the shallows where Jess was comfortable diving and with 6-8m viz the conditions were nice and we saw a couple straight away, I went to find a couple of Kina to break open and while I was grabbing them Jess dived down and shot it! She was stoked and and at 1.26kg it was her biggest fish to date. It was a proud Dad moment for me and it was great for her confidence in the water. 5 mins later I snooped a snapper in the shallows as well which I was stoked with. Spearfishing is a great way to spend time with kids you develop there confidence and they learn about the marine environment I encourage every parent to spend time with their kids in the water and watch their confidence grow.”

Ole “Haven’t slept or been in the water in half a year..”


Eric “Boys love the dive gear and spearguns, but are also my biggest barrier to diving. As they get older it’ll get easier. Wife will always be a barrier to diving 😂”

Joe “Something I’ll never forget: 9yrs ago a landlord, one day vented to me a story from +40yrs ago about him & his 21yr old son abalone diving off the Mendocino coast..
I unknowingly felt we had a special bond since I had at the time recently been introduced to ab diving, & when I returned home he would always ask about the experience & make conversation..
He had ab dove for years prior to introducing his son @ age 16 or so. He lost his sons life in his arms one day after a typical shore dive when son fell off of a cliff on the climb up the rock bluffs.. Now As a father of 2yrold twins & a 4yrold, I continue to realize how our connection was so great, he was re-living diving memories through me. I cannot fathom how detrimental such an impact to the heart is on a father.

On a less tear eyed note: 11yrs ago I was introduced to freediving on the north coast by a father & son..I have been welcomed with open arms into their dive oriented family, & truly feel the love & joy it holds within its depths. I have witnessed growth & memories first hand in their bond & cherish them like they’re my own, since I lack having an elder to experience that core connection with. Note: my dad died @ 69 when I was 7, & is buried alongside my family In Mendocino looking over the north coast coincidentally. Sorry I have no pics relevant to my story, I share only a personal heartfelt feeling for a diver & the never ending love for his son, & the personal appreciation I have for a father & son whom brought me into the wonderful self-meditation world of acting like a fish, to eat fish! I can’t say how excited I am to dive with my kids one day, & create a bond that only the aquatic world herself can accomplish!
Keep them safe out there, they’re all we have to comfort the insane world upon us.”
Dan “First blue water dive for my young fella. A big bust up of tuna pop up right near the boat and he gets so excited that he rushes from the front of the boat to the back.
Knocks the float line, which then dislodges the gun and he runs into the spear point.
6” higher and I would have had myself a teenage daughter 😬”
I hope this post has encouraged you to take your kids spearfishing!
Join the Noob Spearo Community on Facebook and share the stoke:)
New Zealand Spearfishing Clubs Directory

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  • Name of club: Auckland Freediving Club
  • Location: Auckland
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook
  • Size: (how many active members?) Unknown
  • Summary of club activity: A mix of competitive freediving and spearfishing. Pool training at least twice a week and depth training once a week during summer (and more if you get a key to the lake storage container).  Occasional spearfishing / freediving trips.  great place to learn and push yourself in an environment with a focus on safety.  AIDA 2 star and 3 star courses are also offered from time to time.


  • Name of club: Bluefins Spearfishing Club
  • Location: Auckland
  • Contact details:  Facebook
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity:  A good group of spearos (relationship with AFC above)


  • Name of club: Waikato Dairy Divers
  • Location: Hamilton
  • Contact details:  Unknown
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity: A mix of competitive freediving and spearfishing. Regular pool training and depth too.

Palmerston North

  • Name of club: Breathtakers Freediving Club
  • Location: Palmerston North
  • Contact details:  Unknown
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity: Freediving focused with a little bit of spearfishing.


  • Name of club: Lazy Seals
  • Location: Wellington
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook |
  • Summary of club activity: NZs oldest freediving club.  Has some of our top NZ resident freedivers as members (and a couple of good spearos too …).

South Island

  • Name of club: South Island Spearfishing and Freediving Club
  • Location: Train in Christchurch
  • Contact details:  Unknown
  • Size: (how many active members?)
  • Summary of club activity: Some hardcore spearos decided to form a club for the South Island and do regular freediving pool training, arrange spearo trips and also spearo competitions.  I know they train regularly in Christchurch and have also possibly been looking at other places like Nelson too.  They’ve got a good focus on both safety and spearing.

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California (Northern California)

  • Name of Club: NorCal Underwater Hunters
  • Location: North Coast California
  • Contact details: Website
  • Size: ?
  • Summary of club activity: Diving forum dedicated to the North Coast of California

California (Monterey)

  • Name of club: Monterey Bay Tritons
  • Location: Monterey, California (USA)
  • Contact details: Website | Facebook: | Instagram
  • Size: 47 paid members so far for 2019
  • Summary of club activity: The Monterey Bay Tritons are a freedive spearfishing club located in Monterey Bay, California. We are dedicated to safe and conservation minded spearfishing along our amazing coast line. The Tritons welcome the knowledge of all experience levels and if you are interested in freediving, spearfishing and underwater photography, you are invited to come and meet the Tritons at one of our many club dive days.

California (L.A)

  • Name of club: Los Angeles Fathomiers
  • Location: Southern California
  • Contact details: Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 80+
  • Summary of club activity: The Los Angeles Fathomiers skindiving club is one of the oldest and most active competitive spearfishing clubs in California. It was organized in early 1957 as primarily a freediving club devoted to the art of spearfishing. The Fathomiers is a club that welcomes individual divers who enjoy learning the specialized skill of underwater hunting and the selective and conservative taking of game. The club name is widely known throughout the diving world. Underwater hunting with the emphasis on spearfishing, including hunting for white seabass, yellowtail, tuna, halibut, etc., together, with the selective taking of lobsters and abalone and just plain diving for fun are the fundamental activities of the club. A number of Fathomiers are widely renowned for their contributions to the sport, while others are holders of all time big game spearfishing records. Their reputations and incredible achievements speak for themselves. Looking at the all-time record holders for selected species of fish one will see a considerable number of Fathomiers names. We are widely recognized for our participation in organized competitive spearfishing events locally, nationally and internationally. The Fathomiers welcome divers of all levels of experience and hold a regular monthly membership meeting on the second Thursday evening of the month.

California (Oceanside California)

  • Name of club: North County Depth Finders
  • Location: Oceanside California
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 60-80 members
  • Summary of club activity: The Depth Finders were established in 2013 to build the community of Freedivers between Southern San Diego and Orange County. Safety and Sustainability is our goal when enjoying this sport in our waters. If you’re looking to meet divers to split gas on your boat, plan a dive trip, or just kick out to the kelp, cruise by! Please join us at our monthly meetings to share a beer and tell your story. We meet every second Thursday of the month to discuss anything from offshore diving to techniques of hunting your next trophy fish.


  • Name of club: Agua Verdes
  • Location: Louisiana (From the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana)
  • Contact details:  Website |Instagram | Facebook Group
  • Size: 42 members
  • Summary of club activity: Agua Verdes was formed to connect like-minded freedivers in an organized club to share knowledge, plan trips and training sessions, host annual tournaments and promote safe freediving and spearfishing. The club includes freedivers from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana. We keep an up-to-date records board and photo gallery so be sure to check those out and see who’s shooting the biggest fish in the club.


  • Name of club: South Florida Freedivers
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Contact details:  Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Size: 80+
  • Summary of club activity: South Florida Freedivers is the largest Freediving Club in South Florida! We raise money for local charities through fun spearfishing tournaments and club rendezvous. Our club meets monthly and features guest speakers on all subjects related to spearfishing, freediving and the ocean. Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in various locations (check our Instagram page for updates), all spearos and freedivers are welcome!!

Gulf of Mexico

  • Name : Gulf Coast Freedivers
  • Location : Gulf of Mexico (Currently from Texas to Tampa, Florida)
  • Contact Details : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2366715190218145/?ref=share
  • Size : 338 members currently
  • Summary : We are a Facebook group for Freedivers and Spearos along the Coast of the Gulf of Mexico. We spearfish the Gulf and dive in the fresh water springs in Florida. We have spring group diving trips and clean ups.


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